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Overnight French Toast

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Overnight French Toast
  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 0 min
  • Servings 12
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Overnight French Toast

An easy overnight French toast casserole that can be prepared in under ten minutes. Great for serving company!


cup (4 tablespoons) butter, melted
cup packed light brown sugar
loaf brioche or challah (a French bread loaf can a used) sliced into 1 1/2 inches thick slices
eggs, slightly beaten
cup whole milk
tablespoon vanilla extract
teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon ground ginger
cup pecans, measured then chopped
teaspoon salt
Maple syrup and powdered sugar for topping (optional)


  • 1 In a small bowl combine brown sugar and melted butter and pour on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.
  • 2 Arrange slices of bread in the baking dish overlapping if necessary.
  • 3 Combine milk, eggs, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and ginger in a bowl and pour evenly over bread slices.
  • 4 Sprinkle chopped pecans over bread slices.
  • 5 Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 4-12 hours.
  • 6 In the morning, take the casserole out of the fridge for at least 10 minutes while you are preheating your oven to 350°F.
  • 7 Bake casserole for 30-35 minutes. If top starts browning too quickly place a foil loosely over the top of the casserole for the last 10 minutes or so. You want it to cook long enough to make sure the bottom part is cooked but don't dry it out completely.
  • 8 Remove casserole from oven and let it cool slightly before serving. Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar and a drizzle of maple syrup.
  • 9 Adapted from <a href="http://www.ezrapoundcake.com" target="_blank"> Ezra Pound Cake</a>
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Just right French Toast Casserole

As prepared by Girl Who Ate Everything,

I’ve always been a lover of French toast and would take French toast over pancakes any day of the week. So you would think that I would be crazy for French toast casserole. But I’ve tried several recipes over the years and they have all been disappointing. I have what I call “Goldilocks Syndrome”. 

This recipe is too sweet, this recipe is too eggy, and this recipe is too dry. So when I tried this Overnight French Toast Casserole, I knew exactly what I was looking for and had plenty of other similar recipes in my mind to compare it to. Maybe Goldilocks wasn’t high maintenance. Maybe she was just a girl who knew what she wanted. What would Goldilocks say about this one?  There’s no doubt in my mind that she would say this one…was just right. Not too dry, not too wet, not too sweet.

I love that this is an overnight casserole recipe. Have I mentioned I’m not a morning person? We often have company staying at our house so I’m always looking for a breakfast dish that I can prepare ahead of time so that when morning comes little old grumpy me can just throw in the oven. This French toast casserole took me under ten minutes to prepare the night before.

Here it is right out of the oven. Gorgeous. 

Although it doesn’t need much, a dusting of powdered sugar and a drizzle of maple syrup finish it off beautifully.

Christy joined the Tablespoon team to share her recipes and inspire family food fun. 

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